Giving into cravings or being addicted to food is all to common in our American society. Normal eating starts to slide into overeating when there is a lack of fulfillment, understanding, companionship, work satisfaction, sex, etc. Food nourishes us yet when eating goes sideways, you are torn between short-term pleasure and the long term pain of being overweight for years at a time. Self Esteem Coach Laure Redmond, author of Feel Good Naked, joined us to share ways to reclaim your body:
- Take a closer look at your community. Ask yourself if you are spending time with people who uplift & encourage you & who kindly challenge your thought patterns. It is best to surround yourself with people who are focused on ~ learning and improving and who have your best interest in mind.
- Dieting is a false escape. Learn the truth about healthy eating, which includes the entire food pyramid. America is crazed over dieting and diets never have and never will work, they are a temporary fix. Dieting involves a form of amnesia, you forget what didn't work yesterday in order to plunge into the next gimmicky fad.
- Stop, Breathe, Slow Down & Listen. This is the only way to honestly identify your emotions, impulses and choices.
- Feed the problem, not your belly. Remember that your body is a verb (a process), not a noun (a fixed object); once you understand the true problem (what drives your impulse to overeat), you then have opportunities to fix the problems, not eat them.
- Turn passive into active. The benefits of an active life are paramount to personal fulfillment. To name a few: 1. more energy 2. happier 3. improved sex drive 4. lower cholesterol, stress, anxiety, fear, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease & various cancers!
- Use sound to center. Before eating dinner (the most common pig out meal), ring a bell, a Tibetan bowl, gong or cow bell to remind you of your eating intentions. When strong sounds are heard before eating, there is a profound awareness in the brain that eliminates the inclination to numb out.
- Turn ordinary into inspiring. Define inspiring any way you choose: a bright color, a spicy taste, inspirational scripture or poetry, a sparkling conversation. Inject this vibrancy into your normal routine.
- Study Yourself. Whether you are eating, working, parenting or playing ~ pay close attention to yourself. Studying yourself provides all the information you will ever need about your wants, desires, habits and behaviors. Once you develop a keen understanding of self, your options and opportunities for improvement, happiness, balance and joy are endless.
For more helpful tips, visit Laure's blog.